Contemporary front-yard patio makes inviting entry


February 02, 2021

A subtle front-yard patio garden attracted my attention one day, as I passed a house with orange doors in my northwest Austin neighborhood. Steel edging outlines a rectangular planting strip around a simple concrete patio adjacent to the front walk. Low native and adapted plants add texture, movement, and greenery: Mexican feathergrass (Nassella tenuissima), society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea), Queen Victoria agave, and a few others.

Four gray plastic chairs offer a spot for conversation — perfect for the covid era and beyond. The patio opens up what might have been patchy lawn or shrubbery crowding the front walk. An inviting and stylish solution!

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Make a prairie garden, or a pocket prairie! Learn how in the webinar “Restore. Reimagine. Reinvent. Prairie Landscapes for Austin” by John Hart Asher on Feb. 9 from 10:00 am to noon. Hosted by Travis County Master Gardeners, the webinar is free, but you must register to attend.

Take a guided tour of the John Fairey Garden at 11 am on Feb. 13 or 27 to see camellias in bloom and more. Located in Hempstead, Texas. $10 per person, or free for members and children.

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